Published: November 17, 2012 at 9:18 PMI ate there for lunch last Sunday November 11 during an annual pass holder preview and had the steak sandwich and sat in the Rose gallery. This room has huge murals on the walls and a giant music box in the center.The west wing (dark and gloomy) is probably the most visually interesting place to eat, it has a hologram rose in a jar that fascinated people who waited to see if a petal fell. The ballroom was the biggest and most elegant room but, I think, least interesting. Maybe dinner is best in the ballroom. Drink dispensers are in the dining areas so you get refills as you want. I asked for the free iced water and told to get it at the dispensers. The food delivery is a new type of procedure that was fast and efficient but there were maybe only 10% of the seats in use. Interested in seeing it in action when the place is full of diners. There are A LOT of seats, west wing has the least, ballroom the most. Credit card users were sent to self-order stands, cash and gift card (me) users were sent to cashiers when I was there. I don't know why I was sent to a cashier when Disney gift cards could have been used at the self-order stands. It seems the back-up will always be at the entrance since once you order, the rest progresses smoothly.
Published: November 18, 2012 at 11:28 AMWhat impresses me about this is that it appears as if someone in the Disney organisation has actually sat down, (or tried to), in a number of counter-service outlets, and realised what the problems are with such a model. They have then set out to resolve those problems. Kudos to Disney for investing time and money in an area that theme park website readers might not count as high priority but which will make a real difference to the average punter in the park, If this gets rolled out across the parks and resorts it will make a HUGE difference to the average experience a guest can expect.
Published: November 18, 2012 at 12:19 PMSounds as if they perfected the casual quick-service dining concept.
Published: November 19, 2012 at 6:46 AMIt really is the most refined quick service restaurant in and out of theme parks. The only downside I see is perhaps people struggling with the ordering process if they're not familiar with technology at all... which is pretty much no one. I hope that this system can be integrated with existing places like Pecos Cosmic Rays.
Published: November 19, 2012 at 9:26 AMI saw a video on how to order the food. There could be some improvements. To read the food description, you have to go to the main menu. If you already ordered it and went to checkout, you have to go back instead of just reading it at checkout to confirm you ordered the correct item. It would be an improvement to have a voice describe the food as if there were a real waiter.
I would like to see the rose glow. Other restaurants have plucks that light up. A glowing rose is what you see in the movie.
Published: November 19, 2012 at 11:15 AMThis is definitely the future of counter service ordering, but there is still a large portion of society that doesn't understand how to use a computer, or touch screen. I do hope that there are enough CM's that are available to cater to those people. The touch screen didn't work in DCA and I'm guessing part of it was for that reason. It's also why "self-check out" can be a mess at grocery stores.
Give it a few more generations and it'll be more common.
Published: November 19, 2012 at 12:36 PMWe viewed the new Fantasy Land on Saturday and were very impressed with the detail Disney has put into the restaurant. I had the vegetable keish for lunch and it was cooked perfectly. I like the delivery system as it means there are no dropped trays, spilled food or guests bumping into servers and creating a problem. We ate in the west wing, rose room, and loved the atmosphere, the thunder storm came through while we were eating and you have to be observant to catch the picture change. The quality of the food will equal what we have had in EPCOT.
Published: November 19, 2012 at 1:04 PMNice article about this new restaurant. But how was the food?
Published: November 19, 2012 at 4:42 PMReview posted: Where to eat: Lunch at Walt Disney World's Be Our Guest
Published: November 19, 2012 at 8:12 PMI visited the dress rehearsal last week and while the new ordering system is an advance, the touch screen systems is not ready for prime. Even for someone used to ordering from a touch screen like me, the menu is remarkably not intuitive. The rose is tricky and the entire system offers no instructions or simple graphic guide. The family of three in front of me needed 15 minutes to negotiate it. It took me 10 minutes for a sandwich and drink - with help from a cast member - and when my order was delivered they brought had two orders from my credit card number. One of them included no food - just a slip of paper. The CM's agreed they are a work in progress. There are plenty of off the shelf touch screens in the food biz today they could have bought. I ordered a custom hoagie with 15 choices from a touch screen at a Wawa convenience store nearby the night before. The entire transactiion took six minutes from touch screen to their putting a completed sandwich in my hand. Disney is offering no wow here.